Bishop Kaku brings global perspective to Mukilteo | Worship


Last updated 7/7/2021 at 11:47am

Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Harbour Pointe

Rie and Jamie Kaku. Jamie is the new Bishop at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Harbour Pointe.

"Having lived in many places around the world, the Pacific Northwest is our favorite in many ways," Mukilteo resident Jamie Kaku said.

Jamie and his wife, Rie, and their four children moved here two years ago and have found the people and surroundings friendly and comfortable.

Now, Jamie will bring his global perspective to a new role in the community – bishop of his local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is not a position Kaku sought, but rather a call to serve. The word bishop has Greek roots, meaning "overseer." Kaku will now be overseer of the Harbour Pointe congregation of over 500 members.

Bishop Kaku's parents were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; his father joining the church as a child in Hawaii, and his mother joining as a young adult in Japan. Kaku was raised in Hawaii, served a church mission in Tokyo, was a brief time in Tonga, then lived in Japan, Illinois, and now here.

"The church has provided camaraderie and stability for my family as we've lived in many places," Kaku said "We have found strength and communality as my family has befriended so many good people. God loves his children all around the globe."

Bishop Kaku will have the support of a strong circle of leadership. These men and women serve together as a council that aims to minister to the temporal and spiritual welfare of their congregation. All leaders are volunteer, and devote many hours a week. A bishop's primary focus is to work with families to help strengthen the rising generation – the youth.

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A bishop is engaged in what Paul described to Timothy as "a good work." In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that work involves helping others live the gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for those in need, inviting all to receive the gospel, and strengthening families. Paul goes on to outline the requirements of calling a bishop: "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;..." (1 Timothy 3:1-2)

There are over 31,000 congregations throughout the world in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, each with its own bishop. All bishops are volunteer. By trade, Bishop Kaku is a banking risk manager, giving his spare time to serve as bishop in his Church.

Kaku says he doesn't mind giving so much to his church community.

"The Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ have benefited my family's life in so many ways," he said,

Kku said he looks forward to helping others find that same hope, peace, and joy in living the gospel, wherever they might venture in the world.


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